Summary (Masterplots II: World Fiction Series)
Man’s Hope is an epic novel about the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. During this bloody conflict, sometimes regarded as a dress rehearsal for World War II, the Fascist elements of the Spanish military and the Catholic church, under the leadership of the Falangist dictator Francisco Franco, were supported vigorously by Benito Mussolini’s Italy and Adolf Hitler’s Germany and overthrew the leftist Republican government of Spain which was supported by the Soviet Union and by individual citizens of the Western European nations.
André Malraux was among many anti-Fascist Europeans who volunteered to fight for the Republicans, and he played a significant role as an organizer of the International Squadron of aircraft for the Republic. Malraux’s experiences in Spain went into the writing of Man’s Hope, which contains more than seventy named characters and provides a panoramic view of the war from the Republican vantage. Written in the heat of battle and published while the war was still raging, it depicts the events of 1936-1937 as an adventure of the human spirit within a framework of historical, political, and philosophical ideas.
The novel is divided into three parts, and the first two of these parts are themselves divided into two sections. The first part is titled “Careless Rapture” and its first section bears the same title. This title keynotes the optimistic and carefree mood of the Republican militia and their...
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